ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli Speaks About The Importance Of World Cup
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is less than 15 days away to begin. Ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Indian captain Virat Kohli put their Test series victory in Australia in the same category as the World Cup victory.
Kohli believes that there is nothing bigger than the World Cup. However, he put their recent Test series victory in Australia in the same category as the World Cup win.
In early this year, India won their first ever Test series on the Australian soil. Under Virat Kohli‘s captaincy, the no.1-ranked Test side India won that four-match Test series by the 2-1 margin.
Talking about the importance of World Cup, Virat Kohli recently told TOI, “I would put the win in Australia at par with the World Cup. Look, you cannot place a World Cup win below anything else. It is a global tournament, and the significance and the charm of the tournament is something else. It is always going to be the most important tournament in world cricket. But if you look at the challenges that Test cricket brings, if you look at the fact that we had never ever done something like this in Australia before, then this becomes supremely significant too.”
Ravi Shastri spoke about the secret of any successful team
Many experts believe that India is one of the favourite sides to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Indian head coach Ravi Shastri is also confident about India’s success in this forthcoming tournament.
Talking about building up a successful team, Shastri credited his relation with the Indian captain Virat Kohli. He has claimed that he and Kohli have a similar mindset about the game.
Shastri claimed, “The hallmark of any successful team, or a great team, is the relationship between the captain, coach and the support system working around it. It becomes extremely important, because when two individuals are on the same page – and luckily, Virat and me are pretty similar in the way we think, aggressive in the way we think – that’s the time when you got to take your chances. That’s precisely what we’ve tried to do over the last three-four years and the performances speak across all formats. It holds us in good stead for the World Cup too.”
Ravi Shastri also spoke about Virat Kohli’s determination
Shastri lauded the Indian captain for continuously pushing himself to the best position. At present, Kohli is the no.1-ranked Test and ODI batsman. His batting is consistently proving his world-class ability as a batsman.
Talking about Kohli’s solid determination and focus, Shastri revealed that his performances during 2014/15 Australia tour changed him hugely. Though India lost that four-match Test series by 2-0, Kohli rose up as a world-class batsman. Kohli scored 692 runs (eight innings) in that Test series with an average of 86.50. The right-handed batsman scored four centuries and one more half-century in that away series.
Shastri spoke about that, “When he got those four hundreds, you could see a sudden desire in him to strive for absolute perfection, without cutting any corners. The idea was simple: there was going to be no room for excuses, nothing at all.
“You could see him telling himself out there, ‘I want to be the best in the world. But for me to be the best in the world across all formats, I have to do this, no compromise. If it means I have to be the fittest, if I have to sacrifice certain things, I’ll do it.’ That’s how he set himself on the path. And over the course of time, I think that rubbed off on the rest of the team.”
MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game – Virat Kohli
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli praised MS Dhoni for his smart decisions in the game. Kohli has admitted that Dhoni’s presence gives him the freedom to do his thing. The Indian captain also added the importance of Rohit Sharma‘s leadership role.
Kohli said, “MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game. Behind the stumps, he’s priceless. It gives me the freedom to do my thing. Someone like MS is around with a wealth of experience and we’re richer with it.
“MS and Rohit – the way they’ve gone about with their respective roles as captains [in the IPL] speaks volumes of what they bring to the table. MS, in particular, has a legacy. So it augurs well for this team to have both of them in a leadership role. That’s why the team management decided to have a strategy pool in place, which MS and Rohit are a part of, along with us.”
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. A total of ten teams will feature in this tournament, including the two-time champions India. India will begin their upcoming Cricket World Cup journey on 5th May when they will face South Africa at Southampton.
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